J. California Cooper’s irresistible collection of new stories explores the universal themes of romance, family, and the hopes that propel people’s dreams. In “As Time Goes By” a young woman singlemindedly pursues material wealth, only to suffer from an empty heart. “Catch a Falling Heart” tells of a slyly arranged marriage, and “The Eye of the Beholder” portrays a plain girl’s search for love and her own brand of freedom. Wise, earthy and intimate, these stories are moving parables of the human need to seek some sort of satisfaction, just as a wild star seeks a midnight sun.
About the Author
J. California Cooper is the author of novels, six collections of stories, and seventeen plays. Her book "Homemade Love" was the winner of the American Book Award in 1989, and she has been honored as the Black Playwright of the Year. She has also received the James Baldwin Writing Award and the Literary Lion Award from the American Library Association. She lived in California until her death in 2014.
“Leafing through these stories is like propping open a screen door and peering into the homes of family and friends. . . . The master storyteller sweeps us into their lives and makes us care deeply about them.”—Essence “Cooper’s style is deceptively simple and direct, and the vale of tears in which her characters reside is never so deep that a rich chuckle at a foolish person’s foolishness cannot be heard.” —Alice Walker"Cooper's talent for capturing the lives of ordinary people pentrates this collection. . . . Those who are new to her work will appreciate her character development and artful storytelling"—Booklist (starred review)“Cooper’s stories beckon. It is as if she is patting the seat next to us, enticing to come sit and listen.”—Ms magazine